Main Office: 720-423-4300 & Attendance: 720-423-4354
Main Office: 720-423-4300 & Attendance: 720-423-4354

Ian Mcknight

Ian Mcknight

JROTC Teacher

Biography

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, and graduated from Boulder High School. I enlisted in the Army on 17 March 1989. And deployed in support of Operations JUST CAUSE, DESERT SHIELD, NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.

My duties supporting global strategic operations as a Senior Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Sergeant with the United States Special Operations Command (Airborne) countering trans-regional violent extremist organizations. Later served as a PSYOP Course Manager responsible for educating and training Soldiers in coordination with the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, Ft. Bragg, NC. Later, I served as Battalion Command Sergeant Major for 2nd Battalion, 346th Infantry Regiment, responsible for the standardized transformation to combating violent extremists. My last position was as Battalion Command Sergeant Major for 14th PSYOP Battalion, responsible for combat training and readiness for rapidly deployable Special Operations Soldiers.

I graduated from Saint Leo University, Tampa, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a Certificate in Homeland Security and National Disaster Response, Magna Cum Laude (3.87 GPA), and in the top 20% of my class at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas.

I am married to the former Tonya S. Dietsch of San Francisco, California. We share our home in Erie, Colorado with our beloved dog Cabo, a Blue Nose Pit bull who is loves his food, treats, and bones, and loves to play tug of war with his toys and cozying-up to the fire place.

I am extraordinarily honored to be able to continue to serve my country and this community after retiring from the Army in 2019 in my capacity as an Army Instructor in John F. Kennedy High School’s prestigious Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) Program. I intend to enlighten, encourage and motivate the young adults of this institution to be better citizens, and stand with pride as the example of kind, caring, diligent and disciplined citizens through a devotion to duty, respect for others, honesty, integrity, demonstrating personal courage in every aspect of their lives.